NERSC User News

Spin, Interview with Cory Snavely and Val Hendrix

An episode of NERSC User News

By NERSC User News
A weekly podcast aimed at NERSC users, featuring the latest center news and discussions of interesting HPC topics with experts from NERSC. Produced by the NERSC User Engagement Group.
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NESAP Program, Brandon Cook Interview
In this interview with NERSC Application Performance Specialist Brandon Cook, learn about the NERSC Exascale Scientific Applications Program (NESAP), the benefits of participation, and how you can participate (as a code team or a recent graduate looking for a job).
November 12, 2018
NERSC-9 (Perlmutter), Interview with Jay Srinivasan and Nick Wright
In this interview with NERSC-9 project manager Jay Srinivasan and chief architect Nick Wright, learn about the new machine arriving at the end of 2020, why it was named Perlmutter, and the new features of the machine that users will especially like.
November 5, 2018
Large-Scale Jobs at NERSC, David Trebotich Interview
In this interview with Berkeley Lab Computational Research Division staff scientist and prolific NERSC user David Trebotich, learn what all those big jobs of his are for, what makes running at full-machine scale challenging, and pick up some tips from David on how to run at scale at NERSC!
October 29, 2018
Security at NERSC, Craig Lant Interview
In this interview with NERSC Security Engineer Craig Lant, learn about how NERSC keeps our machines safe, the unique security challenges in high-performance computing, and an exciting opportunity to join our team!
October 22, 2018
Superfacility, Katie Antypas Interview
In this interview with Division Deputy and Data Department Head Katie Antypas, learn about what a superfacility is, how NERSC is helping users from experimental facilities to analyze their data, and what challenges lie ahead!
October 15, 2018
NERSC Filesystems, Lisa Gerhardt Interview
Learn about the various filesystems available at NERSC, which filesystem to use when, and how HPSS accounting works in this interview with NERSC HPC Data Consultant Lisa Gerhardt.
October 8, 2018
PGAS Programming Models, Brian Friesen Interview
In this interview with NERSC Application Performance Specialist Brian Friesen, learn what PGAS means, how using a PGAS programming model could benefit you, and how to get started with PGAS.
October 1, 2018
ERCAP, Clayton Bagwell Interview
In this interview, NERSC Allocations and Account Support specialist Clayton Bagwell discusses the ERCAP process. Learn what ERCAP stands for, find out the latest developments in the ERCAP system, and how to get help if you're struggling with your ERCAP submissions.
September 24, 2018
Latest MFA Developments at NERSC, Abe Singer Interview
This week NERSC Security Analyst Abe Singer returns to the show to discuss the latest developments with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) at NERSC. Tune in to hear about sshproxy (a NERSC-developed utility for generating ssh keys with MFA that can be used all day) and hear Abe's answers to common user questions. Be sure to listen until the end for a question even Abe can't answer!
September 17, 2018
Machine Learning at Scale, Thorsten Kurth Interview
In this interview with NERSC Application Performance Specialist Thorsten Kurth, learn about some interesting applications of machine learning to science, why some of the most interesting applications require computing at scale, and hear Thorsten's recommendations for how someone with a science background can get started in the field.
September 10, 2018
Software Development Best Practices, Gabor Torok Interview
In this interview with NERSC Infrastructure Services Group's Gabor Torok, learn about best practices for software development, what kinds of skills are important for an effective software engineer, and how Gabor went from scientific illustrator to software engineer at NERSC!
September 4, 2018
Burst Buffer, Dave Paul Interview
In this interview with the Computational Systems Group's Dave Paul, learn about what a burst buffer is, why you would want to use it, and how to use the burst buffer on Cori!
August 27, 2018
Software Management with Spack, Mario Melara Interview
In this interview with NERSC HPC Consultant Mario Melara, learn about NERSC's management of the software we install for users with Spack, opportunities for getting involved with the growing Spack community, and how Mario went from driving a bus to being a NERSC consultant!
August 21, 2018
Variable-Time Jobs, Zhengji Zhao Interview
In this interview with NERSC HPC Consultant Zhengji Zhao of the User Engagement Group, learn about what variable-time jobs are, what they can be used for, and how to run them on NERSC resources!
August 13, 2018
Science at NERSC, Interview with Richard Gerber
In this interview with NERSC's Richard Gerber, learn about the types of scientific research going on at NERSC, why computers are used for scientific research, and how a sports writer ended up becoming the senior science advisor at NERSC!
August 6, 2018
NERSC Project Management, Interview with Becci Totzke
In this episode, learn about what it takes for NERSC to bring you a new supercomputer!
July 30, 2018
Future Storage Systems, Interview with Glenn Lockwood
In this interview with NERSC's Glenn Lockwood, learn why the outlook for storage systems is rosy for the next several years, how flash storage works, and what NERSC has in common with Netflix!
July 23, 2018
Slurm and Job Scheduling, Doug Jacobsen Interview
Listen in to find out why NERSC switched to Slurm as its batch system and job scheduler, how Slurm schedules jobs, and how you can get jobs through the queue faster in this interview with NERSC Computational Systems Group lead Doug Jacobsen.
July 16, 2018
Spin, Interview with Cory Snavely and Val Hendrix
Spin is NERSC's new service platform to be used as a complement to computational tasks. In this interview with NERSC Infrastructure Services Group Lead Cory Snavely and Berkeley Lab computer systems engineer Val Hendrix, find out more about what Spin is, how it's being used for climate data, and how you can start using it too!
July 9, 2018
Scratch Purge, Interview with Kirill Lozinskiy
In this episode, learn about the scratch filesystems available to NERSC users, why we purge them, and how the purge is performed in this interview with NERSC HPC Storage Systems Analyst Kirill Lozinskiy.
July 2, 2018
Identity and Access Management, Interview with Mark Day
Learn what Identity and Access Management (IAM) is, how NERSC uses it to manage our many users, and our plans for the future, including the potential to enable you to use your institutional identity instead of having to memorize yet another username and password.
June 25, 2018
August Electrical Maintenance and Jeff Broughton Interview
Find out more about the maintenance that will bring NERSC offline the weekend of August 18 and 19! Learn what a switchgear is, why it's important, and how NERSC tries to minimize disruptive outages for users in this interview with NERSC Deputy for Operations Jeff Broughton.
June 18, 2018
Performance Portability and Jack Deslippe Interview
Learn what performance portability is, what makes it so difficult to achieve, and tools and programming environments that can help in this interview with NERSC's application performance group leader, Jack Deslippe.
June 11, 2018
Python at NERSC and Rollin Thomas Interview
Learn about how some users are using Python in their daily workflows, what a Jupyter notebook is, and how to get the best Python performance at NERSC in this interview with NERSC data architect Rollin Thomas.
June 4, 2018
Archive Storage System and Wayne Hurlbert Interview
Learn about NERSC's Archive HPSS system: what it is, how it works, and how NERSC plans to relocate the data on it from Oakland to the main Berkeley Lab campus!
May 28, 2018
Deep Learning and Debbie Bard Interview
Learn about what deep learning is, how it can benefit your science, and what Debbie Bard (who leads NERSC's Data Science Engagement Group) has in common with some of the biggest-name bands in the world!
May 21, 2018
MFA & Abe Singer Interview
Find out all about multi-factor authentication (MFA) at NERSC, as well as the name of the podcast theme song, in this interview with NERSC security analyst Abe Singer.
May 14, 2018
May Quarterly Maintenance & James Botts Interview
A summary of the May quarterly maintenance, plus an interview with NERSC system administrator James Botts on why it takes so long to upgrade the operating system on a supercomputer.
May 7, 2018
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